Thanks for the feedback on the Facebook "Like" button I just added at the bottom of every post, at reader Larry's request. It turned out that was possible in the template settings. I've since added a "Tweet" button. The other options that I haven't activated are Digg, del.icio.us, Google+, Pinterest (which I dislike), and something called "Reblog," which I think means "steal this."
There's no option for a simple "like" (or "dislike") button, but, as I understand it, the purpose of the "Like" button isn't to simply indicate approval; rather it's to bring more traffic by enlisting readers' help by publicizing posts they like on their Facebook pages, isn't it? Same with "Tweet." In other words, it spreads the word, it's not a poll.
Maybe I misunderstand this. I'm just a writer, not a programmer, and I don't know very much about social media. I don't really use social media. I'm kept hopping just by keeping things going around here.
Traffic has certainly gone up in the past couple of days, but it's because of the political post—strong opinions always bring more eyes. I'll keep an eye on things and see if I can detect whether the Like buttons have any effect.
In other news, I'll be declaring a moratorium on politics and Trump-bashing (well, Trump period) until at least the inauguration. I've worked hard to make my little corner of the Web a place where people feel welcome and not affronted by things that make them angry or anxious or upset. Sometimes the world intrudes. As it does. But then we go back to being friendly and cordial with each other, while we are here at The Online Photographer.
More soon, after I take care of the dogs. Butters needs a little discipline refresher this morning, and he and I have work to do.
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